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Coast Guard suspends search for man who fell off cliff

Reportedly fell at Oswald West State Park

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 10, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on September 11, 2017 9:04AM

The Coast Guard on Sunday night suspended a search for a Canadian man who reportedly fell off an 800-foot cliff near Devil’s Cauldron in Oswald West State Park.

The 51-year-old British Columbia man’s wife said she witnessed the fall on Sunday. One of the man’s shoes and his backpack were found by search crews in the ocean below where he had apparently fallen, according to the Coast Guard.

The search was suspended just before 9 p.m.

“Suspending a search is one of the hardest decisions we ever have to make,” Mark Dobney, command duty officer, Sector Columbia River, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this tragic and trying time.”


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